We bought a scooter! And we named him Nippy!
A couple of weeks ago, after months of thinking and talking about it, my partner and I bought a scooter. Despite me having my own car (Cora) and my partner having his company van (and motorhome) it isn’t as impulsive and random a purchase as it may seem.
I have wanted to go to the Outer Hebrides and all the Scottish Islands for that matter, for as long as I can remember. They are stunning and literally on my doorstep. The problem is the unpredictable nature of Scottish weather and the tourist economy making everything so expensive.
I am a massive fan of my own country and up until last year when my partner and I bought our house, I was going up North to various places at least 5 times a year. However the Hebrides is a bit further away, a bit more erratic weather wise and a bit more expensive to get there and stay there (accommodation in the summer is anywhere between £200-300 per night!) So when it has come to going on a holiday I have opted for abroad to ensure decent weather and because of this I haven’t made it to the islands. I have spoken about it but it just hasn’t happened.
So in preparation for planning a trip to the Outer Hebrides we bought a 125cc Nipponia Dion Scooter. 2016 plate, 100km on the clock, perfect condition, £650 with a bike helmet, jacket and chain thrown in. DEAL! We bought him from a nice wee family down the Scottish Borders after seeing an advert on Facebook.
My partner and I took a trip in August 2017 to Ardnamurchan Peninsula, Mull and Staffa. I really need to blog about that and get some photos up. I am fortunate enough when my partner and I got together in July 2017, he came with his own motorhome! Seriously, I love him dearly, but the motorhome was the icing on the cake for me. I had said to my mother prior to meeting my other half that I needed someone with a motorhome so I could go on trips around Scotland because it was too expensive to do it when you factor in accommodation costs. What are the chances that I would find a (decent) man with a motorhome!!
Anyway, Ardnamurchan and Mull were difficult in a converted Mercedes Sprinter van. Small single track roads, difficult to turn or park because the van is long, the size of the van made it difficult to find anywhere appropriate enough to park up at night, it guzzles fuel and with the van being your transport and accommodation, you couldn’t park up in a camp site and get set up because you would then need to pack up again to use the van to get around.
The obvious answer was obviously to buy a scooter. And I can’t express how excited I am about this. I mean, I don’t have my CBT so I can’t even ride Nippy however my partner has his motorbike licence (I love motorbikes) so that worked out well. Completing my CBT is on my bucket list.
We took Nippy a wee run the other week to see how he faired. We took him up some steep hills with the two of us on it and he did well. The next test will be to see how Nippy gets on around on the Isle of Skye and the Outer Hebrides!
We have done some trip planning so maybe I will update you on that soon!